NYPD Investigating Beating Of Asian Man In Chinatown As A Hate Crime


A 56-year-old man was knocked unconscious outdoors a Manhattan subway station on Tuesday night time, and the police are investigating the seemingly unprovoked assault as a hate crime.

The incident occurred simply earlier than 9 p.m., when sufferer Teoh Ming Quickly, who’s Asian, was strolling in the direction of the F practice station at East Broadway and Rutgers Road in Chinatown. In line with the NYPD, an assailant attacked him “by punching him within the face, rendering him unconscious.”

The suspect fled the scene and EMS handled the sufferer for a laceration to the lip, black eye, and swelling to the top.

Quickly instructed WABC 7 he’s an immigrant from Malaysia who has been within the U.S. for 20 years. He was attacked on his method to the subway and mentioned it occurred “too quick, I can’t keep in mind something. Too quick, it occurred.”

Safety digital camera footage reveals the suspect standing on the prime of the steps main down into the station as Quickly walks previous him. With out warning, the person turns round and hits Quickly within the face. Quickly falls to the bottom, and the suspect continues to pummel Quickly’s face earlier than getting up and go down into the station.

Quickly wasn’t certain why he was attacked, however instructed WABC 7, “Possibly as a result of I am Asian?”

There was an increase in assaults and discrimination in opposition to the Asian American group over the previous yr, ensuing within the NYPD to type an Asian Hate Crimes Job Power. Earlier this week, Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned how the NYPD is attempting to rigorously examine whether or not incidents with Asian American victims are hate crimes or not, telling reporters, “The concept is at all times with all hate crime investigations to find out was it motivated by hate or not? As he, because the inspector instructed us, you understand, as soon as it is decided factually that there was a hate motivation, it provides to the penalties. So no, we won’t, pre-judge every incident. We want the information, however that mentioned, there’s clearly a horrible development proper now, disgusting development on this metropolis and on this nation, of assaults on Asian-Individuals.”

At a Thursday morning press convention with the mayor, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned that though reported hate crimes general have gone down 42% in NYC this yr over the identical time interval in 2020, hate crimes in opposition to Asian New Yorkers are up, with six reported to this point in 2021, in comparison with zero this time final yr.

“There’s nothing we take extra critically than hate crimes,” Shea mentioned, noting that the NYPD has the biggest Hate Crime unit of any police pressure in the USA.

In line with town, there was one reported incident of an anti-Asian hate crime or bias incident in 2019; in all of 2020 there have been 30, with 16 of them violent crimes.